Nutmeg lemon cookies

Hello lovelies.Another day,another month I’m hoping you’re all keeping safe.This time I decided to share some of the things I love doing.Baking🤗.Cookies are everybody’s favourite and we all enjoy having a bite either with tea or plain.

Nutmeg cookies are toothsome and luscious.You will love to try them.Feel free to use a flavour of your choice and make baking fun.Let’s get to it,shall we?

Yields: 4 dozen.

INGREDIENTS.

2 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1 teaspoon lemon zest

1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence

1& 1/4 cups brown sugar

1 large egg

1 cup butter

INSTRUCTIONS.

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°/180°C.Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a bowl, whisk together flour,salt,baking soda,baking powder and nutmeg.Set aside.
  3. With a hand mixer, beat butter and sugar until smooth and creamy. Add the egg,vanilla essence and lemon zest and beat well.Gradually add the flour mixture,beat until well mixed.
  4. Drop dough by teaspoons onto the sheets.Slightly flatten with a spoon or fork;sprinkle with sugar.
  5. Bake for 10-12minutes.Cool on wire racks.Store in an air tight container.

Enjoy!❤

NOTES

  • For chewy cookies, allow them to cool on the tray for 3 to 5 minutes before transferring to the cooling rack.
  • For crispier cookies,let cool for one minute on the baking tray before transferring to the cooling rack.

12 fun ways to fill a blank notebook📒

Hello lovelies, I’m hoping this quarantine is kind on you and you are all doing well.

Are you a notebook addict? Do you always find yourself buying cute and cool notebooks and after getting home, you have no idea of what to write? Always filling out the first pages then blank lonely pages after that? Don’t you worry, I got you! 😊

In this post, you will discover really great things. Take your pen, notebook and markers. Ready?

Let’s get started!

Affirmations.

This is the act of confirming something true.Our brains influence and control everything in our life. There is power in affirmations and writing it down gives you confidence. For example, I am blessed, I am successful, I am beautiful, I am handsome etcetera.

Lists

Lists can be as many as a hundred and always ensure after accomplishing in any of them you check, this gives you the confidence and motivation to continue doing more. Write them down and check, some of the lists include; grocery list, Wishlist, shopping list, bucket list, to-do list.

Doodles.

 These are cute drawings that you draw on your notebook and they keep you busy and fun. It is also good for those who love art since they are practicing their skills.

Journaling.

This is what most people do when they get a notebook. This life can be really stressful and writing down how your day was, really helps to relieve your stress and also the memory of that day is more retained. It will also be fun reading it years later.

Quotes.

These are wise words and principles that you believe in and live by.Fill your notebook with your favorite quotes and sayings that will keep you motivated and focused.

Vision board.

 It is a powerful tool that you can use to set your goals and dreams. You arrange some collage in your notebook of photos, texts or drawings and this will give you a motivation for a big goal.

New things you’ve learned.

It could be new words where you’ll need to conjure up a few sentences in order to improve your lexicon. Write down new information when watching, reading newspapers or magazines and improve your knowledge.

Secrets.

Yes, write it down if you can’t share your darkest or deepest secrets. Since they are’ not to tell’ ensure its locked or far from anyone’s reach. You don’t want your classified information spreading.

Recipes or meal planner.

Write down new recipes that you’ve come across to and you want to try or you’ve just acquired from your grandmother or friend. It is a great way to keep track of the recipes you’ve learned. Keep track of your food and meals weekly or monthly.

Learn a new language.

 Learning a new language right now is doable since the resources such as the internet is in plenty. There are online classes where one can learn new language and write down in the notebook.

Passwords.

It is safer not using one password on many websites or application, this means the passwords can be forgotten.To avoid forgetting, write them down. However, make sure it is locked and safe to avoid tampering of your accounts.

Budget and savings journal.

 If you do not prefer using excel, your notebook can work perfectly for you. Budgets really help one to be disciplined with their money and reduces impulse buying.

Do you have more ideas on how you fill your empty notebook?

Share by commenting below.❤

Anger

Anger is an emotion that is normal and every being with a heart or animal experiences it,but I’ll write this on the perspective of human beings.

We’ve all experienced anger and we don’t like how it feels even though we sort of like expressing it. Everybody has their own way of conveying anger, it could be silence, criticism, shouting, fighting, bullying, blackmailing, talking about it or even bickering.

Just like everyone else reading this, I’m sure there is one of the ways that I have mentioned above,it’s how you extract your anger. We all got the right to be mad but how we show and express it determines a lot especially after the anger subsides. Will the environment be the same after expressing my anger? Will they forgive me for the words I said? Did I hurt their feelings? Did I say something that will make them change how they see me?Expressing your anger is a natural reflex but it is very crucial that everyone learns how to manage their anger.

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Anger Kills. Anger can make you do things that you will regret. Revenge comes to someone’s mind often because you want to hurt ‘the other side’ the way they hurt you. But….

 Romans 12:19. Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord.

I feel it is good to express your anger but think before you speak, take time to control your anger by being patient, not raising your voice. Deal with the anger assertively meaning that you care and are mature about your relationships and yourself.

Forgiveness. Forgive when someone apologizes or let go when you realize the situation is not worth it. Trust me, it all goes back to you, how you feel, your mental state. Let go and take care for YOU. There is no other YOU and you need YOU.YOU is very important. Love YOU.

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I felt someone needed this today!

Lots of love❤

Never have I ever on Netflix.

This is a spoiler for anyone who hasn’t watched it. Spoiler alert! Be warned!

It’s created by Mindy Kaling and Lang Fisher.

Mindy Kaling

GENRE

Drama-comedy

TIME

22-30 minutes

NO OF SEASONS

10

ORIGINAL RELEASE

April 27, 2020

Just finished binge watching Never Have I ever on Netflix and this TV series is a must watch. It’s rated 96% by the American review aggregation website for film and television, Rotten Tomatoes. It’s mirthful, cordial, got flaws and poignant.Centers a 15-year-old Indian-American girl, Devi Vishwakumar, from Sherman Oak, California, who resides with her mother and beautiful cousin. Her dad Mohan dies while Devi was performing in her school concert and that made Devi sick and after a week, she became paralyzed for 3 months. She is an Indian girl who is struggling with the death of her father and its traumatizing since she loved him dearly. She sees a therapist who helps her on how to deal with her father’s death, Dr. Ryan gives a good ear and tries her best to help her. Devi has two best friends, Eleanor and Fabiola who are the coolest and the most supportive friends,their friendship is a rollercoaster of hate and love filled with exciting drama and this makes it even more interesting. At the beginning of the series, Devi is praying to their god for a boyfriend. Like any other teenager, she likes boys and she has a crush, Paxton. Devi meets up with her best friends and plot on how to have boyfriends. Eleanor had one who was a secret boyfriend while Fabiola was still fighting about whether she loved girls or boys. Kalini, Devis mum, is tough and grandmotherly over Devi. She found it hard to bring up Devi alone since she was grieving her husband’s death. Devi always quarreled with her mum and did not feel loved by her mum till she ran away from home after having a fight since she remembered the day before her dad died her mum had maligned her.Kamala,was a beautiful cousin who had a secret boyfriend which was not supposed to be right, since she had a planned marriage with Prashant who was an Indian engineer. Devi was a smart ass and whip-smart and that made her have a nemesis whom they always competed and always fought in class. What made me love this show is how Devi is bold and confident in different areas but you could see that she was struggling with something underneath her façade. The way you cringe to her choices, laugh, cry and get shocked as you watch is just awesome. The show is so interesting you crave for more and always have a lot of questions at the back of your mind after every scene. But the most intriguing part is where the person Devi hated the most, she ended up with him. That was such a twist! Man, I never saw that coming. The way the show has mixed different cultures, Asian, Indian, American and brought them together is just amazing. Despite the change of environment, they still remember where they belong but Devi doesn’t like being too Indian.

The series is narrated by a professional tennis player John McEnroe, where one of the episodes is narrated by Andy Samberg who is an actor, comedian, writer, producer and musician.

I feel Mindy Kaling was explaining her growing up in Boston as an Indian-American and the struggles. I’m sure you will love it and yearn for season 2 like me.

I sampled the songs in the series.

Rubia by Juan Wauters So strange by Superhumanoids

Composure by Argonaut and Wasp Playing Games by Anna if the North

Dancing on the limit by PRIZESTease Salt Cathedral Redundant Buzz by Futniteur

The Way I Move by Equal. LEFTI,Adeline Michele I Sink I Sink by Living Hour

(Downtown)Dancing by YACHT All Yours by Widowspeak

Come and go by Brighter Later Peaches by Milk &Bone, Alex Lustig

Chasing Blue by BLACKPAW My Fit by Mad Circuit

 Never Let You Go by People on People Siren 042 by Lala lala, WHY?

 Don’t stop dreaming by Celebration Waking up by Sorry girls

Slicked by Weaves How to Quit Smoking by Papercuts

Shape by Julia Shapiro Make no mistake Misses Blue by Fabian Simon The Moon Machine

Lost by Boy Harsger Steel Birds by Slow Pulp

Confetti by Julia Jean-Baptiste Get Loud by Tia P, Redwood

Wild by Monogem Found by Selebrities

Neon Dream by Nectar Twins Tidal Waves by The Shacks

Sixteen by Oceans1985Remix Love is a phase by De lux

 Nagada Sang Dhol Baje Mehndi Laga Ke Rakhna

 Moon like sour candy by The Ophelias Feels like forever by Of Mice&Men

Armed and dangerous by Chaos Chaos Fire for you by The cannons

Beautiful days by U2 Boys like you by Kids At Midnight

As I enjoyed the binge watch,I came across plenty of twists

.

How Devi ended up kissing her nemesis, Ben.How Fabiola’s mum didn’t get angry when Fabiola opened up about her little secret.How Kalini, Devis mum, didn’t have a problem when Steve, Kamalas boyfriend,sneaked into her room.How the Coyote bit Devi.How Ms. Wong left Eleanor again after leaving her while she was just a kid and not making any communication while she was in the neighborhood.How Kalini, Devis mum, neverbelieved in therapy and opened up to Dr. Ryan.When Ben confidently volunteered to drive Devi to her destination on time yet he wasn’t a good driver (he really cared for her though).When Devi prayed to her god for a boyfriend and specified that she wouldn’t want one that is a nerd from her AP classes and oops! look who she ended up with.

Enjoy!

The tasty ugali/ corn cake

Hello lovely people. I’m delighted to have you here looking congenial and winsome.Keep up with that.

Tuesday evening with the heavy rain,my mind lingered to the days I used to bake and how it made merry. I tee-heed at the reflection because in my last post I talked about how baking is one of the ways to keep yourself busy during quarantine.

Baking is love made visible,I love baking.Now you know an itty-bitty thing about me😊.While surfing, I came across a very interesting type of cake. A corn cake. You mean ugali cake?Hold up! I could not shilly-shally but tell oneself this is it love.You got to bake this and I’m happy to share this recipe with you!

Let’s talk about that cake a little,yeah?Yes!This cake is vietnamese sweet, divine, moist,fluffy,dense,delicious,dainty…out of words.🤤

INGREDIENTS

1 cup maize/ corn flour

1 cup wheat flour

1 cup milk

1 cup cooking oil

4 eggs

1 cup sugar

1 tbsp baking powder

1 tbsp vanilla essence

1 tsp cinnamon(optional)

1 tsp lemon zest(optional)

PROCEDURE

  1. Preheat the oven at 180°C/350°F and grease the baking tin.
  2. Sieve all the dry ingredients(maize flour,wheat flour,baking powder,cinnamon)
  3. Put eggs and sugar in a separate bowl and mix till fluffy.
  4. Add vanilla essence and lemon zest then mix for a few seconds.Add oil and milk and mix for a minute.
  5. Add the sifted dry ingredients in the bowl with wet ingredients and fold in.
  6. Bake for 35-45 minutes at 180°C/350F until a cake tester or toothpick comes out clean.
  7. Cool in the pan for about 10 minutes, then turn it out onto a cooling rack and cool completely.Once cooled,frost the cake and serve!

NOTES

Put the cake in the oven where you can see it.

Do not overfold when folding in.

And most of all,know your oven because of the different temperatures.

30 ways on how to keep busy during quarantine period.

Hi loves😊,today I got some goodies for you,why?because I care😍.Yes, I do and guess what? I’ll share with you some of the little things you can do during this unexpected quarantine period because of the pandemic(Covid 19).

Well, deep down I know some of us are idle or rather after doing your chores, homework, online classes or going through your phone, you got nothing else to do, but don’t you worry because I got you😉

Real quick to what can keep you busy,yeah?ok

  1. Binge watch all the movies you never had time to watch or always wanted to.
  2. Try some new recipes and explore your kitchen skills.
  3. Knit, crotchet either a mat, rug and sell or rather for your place.
  4. Save!Save cash💰
  5. Bake!Honey bake, baking is so therapeutic 😚
  6. Learn a new language,perhaps, Spanish, French, Italian, Chinese, Swahili etc.
  7. Learn calligraphy.YouTube comes in handy.
  8. Open a YouTube channel.
  9. Buy a drawing book and explore those damn skills, it’s not childlike😏
  10. For the students, finish the pending assignments.
  11. Meditate. This exercise is underrated, to be frank, it’s so relieving.Just focus on your breathe for a couple of minutes.
  12. Workout. Yes😂…I’m laughing because I know how hard this can be,we sometimes procrastinate this.Do cardio, ride that bike you neglected.Ladies, do them squats without giving up💪 and of course a full body workout.
  13. Download tiktok.Learn DIYs and make perfect use of that app.It’s amazing.
  14. Write.Poems, stories,books.Just try it.
  15. Start a journal or blog. It can be about anything.
  16. Read books! It could be storybooks or self-empowerment books.
  17. Do thorough cleaning. Dust all the hidden and neglected places and make that house, home or room sparkling clean.
  18. Revamp your house or room and make this world a better place😅
  19. Learn new games,eg chess, pool, monopoly, puzzles, treasure hunt, guess the sound, indoor bowling, darts etc.
  20. Pay your Tax!!🙌File the returns too.
  21. Spend time with your pet and play,maybe your pet has hidden talents too.
  22. Do farming. Farm chicken, rabbits or animals that you know you can manage.
  23. Start a garden. Plant corianders, carrots,kales, tomatoes etc.
  24. Spend time with you siblings and family members. Know them better!
  25. Work on your CV and linkedIn.
  26. For those dating, keep in touch and communicate more, because without communication there is no relationship, without respect there is no love and without trust there is no reason to continue.
  27. Check up on your friends.
  28. Take bubble baths🛁
  29. Modify your hobbies and talents.
  30. Rest!!…Sleep.It’s good for your mental and general well being😌

I’m so happy to share these ideas and try any of these and you just never know the potential you got.

I think this is the best time to do all what you always wanted to but never had time, except travelling around the world for fun😞But hey, there is the after period💃

Remember to stay positive!Stay healthy! Wash your hands with soap, sanitize and wear a mask!

Feel free to share more ideas in the comment section.Xoxo

The famous dalgona coffee☕

This is an easy to make type of coffee one can make at the comfort of the house!I made mine and I’m gonna share this amazing drinks recipe.

Ingredients

2 Tablespoons of instant coffee.

2 Tablespoons of sugar.

3 Tablespoons of hot water.

1/2 cup of milk(cold/hot)

Procedure

1.In a cup,put the instant coffee,sugar and hot water then mix with a whisk,for faster results use an electric whisk,if you don’t have the electic whisk,you can use the normal whisk.

2. Mix till a thick creamy consistency is formed.

3.Pour the thick consistency in your hot or cold milk.

4.Serve and enjoy!